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The Birth of A Nation

The Birth of A Nation
The Birth of A Nation
The Birth of A Nation
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh73%
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Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities, against himself and his fellow slaves, Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh73%
Critics Consensus: The Birth of a Nation overpowers its narrative flaws and uneven execution through sheer conviction, rising on Nate Parker's assured direction and the strength of its vital message.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Stirring, provocative, flawed, bloody slave-revolt story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Birth of a Nation is a highly anticipated but controversial drama about Nat Turner, who entered the history books after igniting a bloody slave revolt in 1830. While it's undeniable that Turner's actions sent a message against oppression, the fact that he relied on violence makes things more complex. And the movie is extremely violent. Characters are beaten and/or raped (happens largely off screen, but the effects of the violence are shown), and there's fighting, shooting, stabbing, and more, with lots of blood and gore, in many forms. Slaves are also whipped, hung, and tortured. Topless women are seen in both a sexual context (love scene) and non-sexual one (African tribal scene). Language includes many uses of the "N" word, plus "hell" and "goddamn." Secondary characters are shown smoking and drinking/drunk. But parents who watch with older teens will find that there's lots to talk about after the credits roll.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 7, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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